Bauchi Assembly mulls bill to subsidise dialysis by 50 per cent

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…recommends lift embargo on employment in the state

Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi

Bauchi State House of Assembly is deliberating on a bill that will make the state government to subsidise dialysis in public hospitals.

The Assembly has also recommended that the State Government should lift ban on employment especially in the health sector.

A member representing Pali Constituency, Hon. Yusuf Muhammad Bako moved the motion on Wednesday while urging the Assembly to make law that will reduce the fee of kidney treatment by 50 per cent. He said that the move would assuage the pains of the patients.

After deliberation, the House adopted the motion and asked the committee on health to begin further considerations and return with recommendations.

The Committee, while submitting its report after findings on the 26 general hospitals in the state, recommended that government lift  ban on employment especially in the health sector to pave way for the employment of skilled personnel in all cadres in the health sector –doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, radiologists, biochemical engineers, CHEW, EHT and others.

But the majority leader, Hon. Tijjani Aliyu said that the salary package should also be reviewed to prevent health personnel from leaving the state for neighbouring states. Also, Hon. Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo said that unskilled labour should be employed in the sector. However, the lawmakers adopted the suggestions.

The Committee on health also recommended that government should ensure that adequate modern equipments are provided in general hospitals.